Why I Became A Lawyer: Finding A Voice, And A New Home

Law360 (March 6, 2019, 6:49 PM EST) -- This article is part of a series in which attorneys reflect on the formative life experiences that helped lay the groundwork for their careers in the legal profession. In this installment, Melissa Martinez of McGuireWoods LLP recalls her family's journey from the Philippines to the U.S., her struggle to learn English and achieve academic success, and the idea that launched her toward a future in intellectual property law.

Melissa Martinez I was born in Tondo in the Philippines, the most densely populated district in Manila. “Gritty” is a euphemism for it. There was crime. There was poverty. There were slums. There was...

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